This morning I read a quote so striking that I started to cry immediately upon reading it.
I have no doubt each one of us would move the earth for the people in those photos on our kitchen walls. But so often we don’t want to scare them with our power to bless and heal, so we move the world in increments of soup and cake. They may never even recognize the universe has been realigned for their good. It may be that our mother does glorious things right in front of us every day so often that she blinds us with commonness. Maybe she serves the whole world soup and cake every night.--Sharon Eubank
Has that ever happened to you? For me, it happened on the phrase "blinds us with commonness."
I still can't quite get over it.
And so I thought I would celebrate this concept with a few of my favorite soup and cake recipes. Serve it to the world every night.
Most of them are simple. A little life changing. At least day changing.
5 Favorite Soups
1. Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (Easy)
2. Meatball Soup. (Easy)
3. Moroccan Carrot Soup (Easy)
4. Thai Soup (Some weird ingredients, but totally worth it. Once you get the ingredients, it's easy)
5. Creamy Cheese Potato Soup (Beyond easy)
Okay--so I was going to rate those--you know, like intermediate, hard, easy, etc. Apparently, I only make easy soups. You should too. These are less than 30 minutes each to make, several of them closer to 15-20 minutes.
15 Favorite Cakes (How could I even choose? Clearly, I couldn't (though, truthfully, there's hordes more cake than this on my blog; I really did pick my favorites). You get a lot of cake from a lot of different, er, food groups. Spread them through the world, people.)
1. Best Chocolate Cake (Intermediate)
2. Best White Cake (Intermediate)
3. Carrot Cake (Easy)
4. Orange Bundt Cake (Intermediate)
5. Diana's Apple Cake of Awesomeness (Easy)
6. Peanut Butter Cake (Easy)
7. Julia Child's Chocolate Almond Cake (Intermediate-hard)
8. Kentucky Caramel Butter Cake (Intermediate, a little harder if you make your own caramel)
9. Red Velvet Cake (Easy)
10. Wacky Cake (Dumb easy)
11. Coconut Cake (Intermediate)
12. Flourless Chocolate Cake (Easy)
13. Lemon Layer Cake (Intermediate) (Note: There is a lemon bundt cake and a lemon sheet cake on this blog, both of which I also consider noteworthy.)
14. Chocolate Volcano Cake (Easy)
15. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. (Intermediate.) Noteworthy for the amazing peanut butter frosting if nothing else.
Nothing says, "I think I have a problem" more than trying to list your favorite cakes. Oh dear.
But, seriously, is there any other food that feels like quite the act of love like making cake and soup.